5 ways your interviewer will judge you
We all wonder what goes through the mind of an interviewer when we are sitting in front of them for those 30-40 minutes.
Based on a combination of personal experience as an interviewer and feedback received from hundreds of external interviews; Here are 5 key areas to watch out for during your next face to face:
1. Handling the silence
We all have those moments where we don't know what to say or for the fear of sounding foolish avoid saying anything at all. Remember, this is YOUR interview, it's your opportunity to sell yourself so you should be doing most of the talking. In many situations you will find if you give a short, blunt answer to an open question you will get a lingering silence from your interviewer. It's likely they won't cave so take this as your opportunity to expand on your answer.
This relates to the tense you use when discussing your roles, be sure not to talk in the past tense about your present role. Likewise if you describe previous roles in the current tense. This will show poor lack of preparation and confuse your interviewer.
3. Pronoun Usage
This isn't to catch you out. Again, it comes back to selling yourself and preparation. If your interviewer asks about your duties and responsibilities and everything on your CV is now being vocalized as 'he would do this', 'she would do that' and 'we did this together', your interviewer will be wondering why you listed them as your achievements in the first place. Focus on your own contribution and what you achieved even if it was a team effort overall.
4. Body Language and Tone of Voice
This will tell a lot about a person. It is something your interviewer will be watching out for from the minute they meet you in the reception area. If you are slumped in the chair and your tone is lacklustre, your interviewer is going to take it that you are not interested in what they have to offer. You will then be compared to the next candidate who will be full of enthusiasm and have a positive body language throughout the interview.
This refers to how quickly you come back with items such as an updated CV, referee details, visa documentation etc. We all live busy lives and of course it can be quite difficult for those who don't have access to computers, scanners, and printers etc. to send these in as quickly as others.
No problem! Just let your interviewer know. As long as the expectation is there your interviewer can set the same on the other side. If you promised to send these in before close of business and a week later still no sign it can often be perceived as a lack of interest.